The Columbia press. (Astoria, Or.) 1949-current, September 15, 2017, Page 6, Image 6

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    September 15, 2017
T he C olumbia P ress
Senior Moments
with Emma Edwards
Payback is easy as sodapop
I can’t resist sharing some
“holy humor” from one of our
While driving in Pennsylva-
nia, a family caught up to an
Amish carriage. The carriage
owner obviously had a sense
of humor because attached to
the back of the carriage was
a hand-printed sign: Ener-
gy efficient vehicle: Runs on
oats and grass. Caution: Do
not step in exhaust.
We all enjoy a good laugh!
Recently, the term “payback
time” was a conversation at
lunch. It turned into a time of
realizing how good life is for
most of us seniors. Perhaps
we’re also blessed to be able
to give to the less fortunate.
Time for payback? We don’t
have to pay anyone back, but
it feels good.
Many have learned where
to find seniors in our area
and that’s enjoying lunch on
Mondays and Thursdays. I’m
talking about the Warren-
ton Senior Citizens Inc. meal
program at the Warrenton
Community Center on Third
Street. Some of us have been
going there for more than 20
years (like me).
Seated at tables of eight, the
group is composed of seniors,
usually starting at age 55 and
up to 96 currently. Besides
eating, we do a lot of laughing
and even solve many world
Maybe it’s time for us to do
a little “payback”? Recently,
our dishwasher, Mitch Mill-
er, who also represents VFW
Post 12123, shared some ways
we can do a bit of “payback,”
blessing giver and recipient.
He encouraged us to partici-
pate in the Wounded Warrior
Project, which is a military
and veterans charity service
organization. It empowers
injured veterans and their
families, Mitch said, adding
that Coors and Miller Brew-
ing Company donated mon-
ey to the Wounded Warrior
Project for ever pull tab that
comes off the top of a can. By
collecting the tabs, we sup-
port Wounded Warriors who
have served our country. You
can bring your tabs to the se-
nior meal site, where there is
a collection bin for your do-
The tab of an aluminum can
is pure aluminum, unlike the
rest of the can, which con-
tains paint and other metals.
Money earned is based on the
market price of aluminum. It
takes approximately 763 tabs
to make a pound.
I think it’s exciting that
our little Warrenton meal
site group can be a part of
this worthy countrywide
fund-raising event.
So be sure and save your
beer and pop tabs and bring
them to lunch with you. Or
anyone can drop them off on
a Monday or Thursday.
Not only is our participa-
tion a privilege that makes us
feel good, it helps meet the
growing needs of our injured
servicemen and women.
We are also urged to donate
polypropylene and polyeth-
ylene caps and lids to Caps
of Love under the division
name Chariots of Love. This
program provides free wheel-
chairs to handicapped chil-
dren up to the age of 21.
Plastic bottle caps current-
ly are recycled for 10 cents
per pound. Chariots of Love
contacts children’s hospitals,
clinics, pediatric physical
therapists and others to lo-
cate children in need.
Grants to go toward heritage preservation projects
The Oregon Heritage Com-
mission is offering grants for
projects that tackle the con-
servation, development and
interpretation of Oregon’s
cultural heritage.
Awards range from $5,000
and $20,000.
Projects can be anything
related to Oregon heritage,
such as theater performanc-
es, collections preservation,
exhibits, oral history projects,
etc. Priority goes to those that
preserve, develop or interpret
threatened resources of state-
wide significance.
The grant application dead-
line is Oct. 2.
“We hope to see a variety of
projects that engage Orego-
nians in heritage,” said Kuri
Gill, heritage grants program
coordinator. “We encourage
the documentation, preser-
vation and exploration of all
aspects of Oregon’s heritage.”
Applications are submitted
To learn more, go online to or con-
tact Gill at kuri.gill@oregon.
gov or 503-986-0685.
Dredging: Maintaining channel tied to economics
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ic impact if we don’t do that.”
During the Buoy 10 salmon
season, which ended Labor
Day, the marina was packed
with anglers, providing the
city with bountiful launch
fees and camping fees.
There is only 7 to 8 inches of
water below the hulls of some
ships docked there, which
causes problems during low
The marina is owned by
the Corps of Engineers, but
leased and managed by the
city. Plans are in the works
for the city to take ownership
of the marina.
At the marina task force
meeting, there was much
talk about the need to dredge
for economic reasons, Ack-
ley told city commissioners
Tuesday night.
“We’re reprioritizing the
goals and see the importance
of getting the dredging per-
mit in place before the trans-
fer occurs,” she said. “It’s the
To learn more
An open house-style
meeting on the dredging
plan is set for 4 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at the Columbia
River Maritime Museum,
1792 Marine Drive, Astoria.
Written input will be
accepted through Nov. 15
through an online com-
ment tool at nwp.usace.
More information about
the project also is avail-
able there.
most important thing before
we talk about moving on”
with other goals.
While Hammond Marina
dredging is incidental to the
larger scoping plan, it is a lo-
cal economic issue that mesh-
es with the regional one.
“The Port of Portland, along
with other Columbia River
ports, depends on mainte-
nance dredging to support
our trade gateway,” said
Curtis Robinhold, executive
Senior lunch menu
Monday, Sept. 18: Chicken with mushroom sauce, brown
rice, mixed vegetables, cucumber salad, chocolate cake.
Thursday, Sept. 21: Lasagna with meat sauce, garlic
bread, broccoli and cauliflower, Italian bread salad, key
lime pie.
The Warrenton senior lunch program is at noon (doors
open at 10:30 a.m.) Mondays and Thursdays at Warrenton
Community Center, 170 SW Third St. Suggested donation is
$5 for ages 55 and older; $7 for those younger. For more
information, call 503-861-3502.
director of the Port of Port-
land. “Maintaining the riv-
er channel at its authorized
depth and width is essential
to sustaining the billions of
dollars of commerce that
flow through the Columbia
Vessels using the full chan-
nel depth carried about 11
million tons of export ship-
ments worth nearly $3 bil-
lion in 2015, the last year for
which records are available.
The primary mission for the
Corps’ Portland District --
to navigation on northwest
rivers -- dates to 1871. The
Corps maintains safe and re-
liable channels, harbors and
waterways for the transpor-
tation of commerce, support
to national security and rec-
The ports of Longview, Ka-
lama, Woodland and Van-
couver in Washington state
and the Port of Portland are
co-sponsors of the environ-
mental impact study and
maintenance plan.
The Corps and ports, with
input from those who have a
stake in the dredging, envi-
ronmental agencies and the
public, will determine the
best plan for placing dredged
material and evaluate ways to
reduce the need for dredging.
For the past two decades, the
Lower Columbia River Fed-
eral Navigation Channel has
been maintained to a federal-
ly authorized 43-foot depth.